Located in the town of West Hartford, Connecticut, the University of St Joseph is a higher learning facility of Roman Catholic affiliation. USJ was founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy as a women’s undergraduate college, and the modern institution also has a co-educational graduate programme.
Undergraduate study at St. Joseph’s is divided into four schools; Education, Health & Natural Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Pharmacy. The school of Graduate & Professional Studies offers a wide range of courses, including those at the Institute for Autism and Behavioural Studies, and the Institute for Latino Community Practice.
As well as short term faculty led courses outside the US, collaborations with American universities allow USJ students to take Spanish language programmes in Costa Rica or Catholic Studies in Ireland. USJ is also formally partnered with Otsuma Women's University in Tokyo, Japan, Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico, and HAN University in The Netherlands.
Buildings at USJ campus are constructed around two tree-lined quadrangles on an 84 acre site designed by famed architects the Olmsted brothers. Around 45% of undergraduate students live on campus at six separate residence halls.
The Career Development Centre on campus encourages students to take internships in their chosen professional fields, and previous students have taken placements at companies such as Lutz Children's Museum, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and St. James Episcopal Church.
Athletics teams at USJ are known as the Blue Jays, and compete in the NCAA Division III. In total there are eight sports programmes, including lacrosse, soccer, and softball. The O’Connell Centre is open to all students for exercise and fitness, and the basketball and volleyball courts are lined with bleachers that can seat up to 500.